May 29 through June 7, 2020


BFF website: www.brooklynfilmfestival.org | an online festival for extraordinary times


BFF films are mostly premieres and none of them are rated. As a matter of fact, many of the films are not appropriate for minors and we strongly recommend Parental Guidance.


  • The 23rd Brooklyn Film Festival ran 149 films coming from 40 countries divided into 40 film programs right here on our website: www.brooklynfilmfestival.org
  • Viewers were able to watch all the programs free of charge. Donations are welcome year-round
  • To be able to view BFF’s films, the audience had to register a free account with the festival
  • Once registered, the audience was able to watch all the BFF programs
  • Every time the audience came back to watch films, they needed to sign in on our homepage
  • To get detailed information about all the BFF films, you can click on our left menu Film Lineup or Search to look for a specific film.
  • Once the audience find the film page they are looking for, they are to read about the film and the director. They also find the button “Watch Trailer”. During the festival, on the middle of the page, the language Watch online now: (ie.) Narrative Feature Program is available and clickable. The click opens the Theater’s doors and prompt the film program to start 
  • The video server was hosted by Vimeo. To every film that was uploaded on Vimeo, BFF applied the safest settings available (i.e. videos are not downloadable)
  • As an additional layer of security to protect the filmmakers/films, BFF added to each film a minimally intrusive watermark
  • Each program was preceded by the festival film trailer and followed by a BFF message that remind the audience to vote for the favorite films. This is how we picked the 6 BFF Audience Award and the KidsFilmFest’s winner. The audience could vote from 1 through 5 using the scroll down vote window. 5 was highest, 1 the lowest
  • Audience voting is limited to one vote per film, per email account
  • BFF delegates the choice of selecting the Best Film in each category to the panels of external judges.
  • Although BFF requests and accepts suggestions from the jury on all awards, it is the Festival’s responsibility to pick the 6 Spirit Awards, the 8 Outstanding Achievement Awards: Production, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing, Style, Original Score, Acting (female), Acting (male). The Festival also picks Best New Director and Best Brooklyn Project
  • The 3rd group of awards is the Audience Award. The Audience alone selects the 6 winners (one per category) + the winner of KidsFilmFest
  • All the awards, except the Audience’s, this year were announced on Saturday, June 6, while the Audience Awards were announced on Sunday, June 7.
  • On June 7 at 7pm NY time, the option to “watch films” was removed and only the film pages with film info and the “watch trailer” options remain
  • Cataloged as TALKBACKTIME, prior and during the festival, BFF also made available filmmaker’s personal introduction videos as well as pre-recorded Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. All the additional videos were posted on our site and/or our socials
  • Daily live events featuring participating filmmakers were organized using Facebook, Zoom, and/or other media platforms


The festival presented in competition 149 films coming from every continent. Films were submitted as and divided into 6 categories: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Experimental, and Animation. In terms of presentation, films were grouped into 40 two-hour programs.


Around the clock, from Friday, May 29 (6:00 AM EST) thru Sunday, June 7 (7:00 PM EST), 2020


The 2020 festival was free of charge for all. After registering an account with the festival login the audience enjoyed 149 films!


This year, BFF presented the 16th annual KidsFilmFest (KFF). Due to the current situation, KFF was staged online under the roof of the BFF website. The programming was featured on the dedicated KFF page on BFF’s website and on the THEATER LOBBY page. KFF this year offered two film programs. One tailored for kids from 3 to 7 and the other for older kids, 8 to 15 age group. Festival films are unrated and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films. Parental Guidance is recommended.


Due to the current situation and the nature of this event, the 9th BFFX was cancelled. The next Exchange is tentatively scheduled for June 5, 2021.
BFF Exchange


BFF awards the winners with prizes totaling more than $50,000 in cash, film services, and products. Check here or the latest on Awards & Prizes

THEME: Turning Point

“Just a few months ago, nobody, not even the most daring sci-fi screenwriter, could have predicted the current situation and/or the extent of the COVID-19 takeover. Besides the fact that in June we are all still dealing with the basics and a resolutive approach feels still far away, one thing seems certain: we won’t be able to go back to the pre-virus thinking and lifestyle anytime soon. The fear of the “invisible danger” that threatens our life is radically modifying our own life routine and the way we deal with our neighbors. It is a “Turning Point” in history. It is a moment that will ultimately reveal who we are as human beings. The Brooklyn Film Festival, with its 2020 event, plans to highlight and dissect people’s character and problem solving attitude as it shifts from one time zone to the next. The international role BFF has always played on the world’s stage, will now come truly handy while with our film lineup we travel from one corner of the planet to another. “Turning Point” is about refreshing our own point of view. It’s about rethinking our old assumptions and learning from the people who share our screen whether they live in a different continent or across the street. “Turning Point” is about reinventing our planet and our life


Please check often our Latest New page and keep up to date with the conversations on our Socials. A list of pre-recorded and live events such as Q&As and Film Intros with the film directors gets updated on a daily basis


Organized by the same people who brought to you the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival and the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the 501(c)(3) Brooklyn Film Festival is an organization developed from 23 years of experience. Re-branded in 2010, the new BFF rides an enriched mission.

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BFF accepts paperless entries via FilmFreeway.com from July 1 through March 10 of the following year. For DEADLINES, FAQ, rules, and to submit visit: + SUBMIT A FILM


To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with like-minded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with similar missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.